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Tuesday Tidings 9 20 22

Dearest Members of Bethlehem,

“But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” -Luke 2:19

I am not convinced that newer is better. I often question the meaning and value of words like “progress.” But I can also readily admit that some technological advancements are a gift to treasure.

I am particularly grateful for the advent of the camera that is now standard equipment on almost every cell phone. I am also grateful for the enthusiasm with which these cameras are utilized.

I have seen grown people pass along a $1200 phone to a complete stranger saying, “Hey, could you take our picture?” In most cases the request is met with a favorable response. Seriously, you have to have a sturdy faith in humanity to do such a thing, and it happens all the time.

I have witnessed people put aside all their differences and insecurities and squeeze tightly together to get the perfect “selfie.” Bridges are built, connections are made, and I mean, seriously, “who wants to be left out of the picture?”

And by the way, if you’re the one taking the picture… go ahead and take as many shots as you would like, there’s no film to develop, you can just delete the ones you don’t want. Keep snapping away, you may just catch the perfect moment. Such abundance is a real glimpse of grace.

And speaking of abundance, this might be the best part. You can store all those photos and never have to worry about the photos fading or the pages of your album falling out. Just a couple taps on a screen and years worth of memories are at your disposal.

The NRSV says that Mary, “treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart…” I can only imagine the joy that was present in those moments of blessed contemplation.

And we too have access to moments like that, moments when God’s goodness and a glimpse of the kingdom were enjoyed not necessarily in words that were spoken, but in images that were captured.

The times have changed, but the capacity to appreciate the finer moments in life remains. If you need a boost, look through some photos… you might be surprised by the treasures that are waiting to be re-discovered.

Question for reflection: What photo in your camera roll brings you the most joy?

This week at Bethlehem:

The Strategic Planning Team will be meeting at 7:00

On Wednesday our journey through the book of Exodus continues. We will offer a 10:30 morning session and a 7:00 evening session.

On Thursday, our Women’s Book study begins at 7:00 in the church lounge.

On Saturday evening we will have worship at 6:00.

On Sunday morning we will offer worship at 8:00 and 10:30.

Sunday School begins at 9:15.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Dan

God of light and life, may you fill our days with events that are so meaningful and impactful that we want to capture and keep them all, as we would any sacred and holy gift. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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